We have a summer of fun planned for people of all ages and interests! Take a look below, and be sure to scroll to the bottom for some ongoing programs happening throughout the summer. We look forward to seeing you at a few of our events!
Spotlight on Science: Slave-making Ants Saturday May 26, 1:00 - 2:30 PM Eldridge Research Center | 284 Pond Hill Road Rensselaerville, NY
Researchers Marah Stoldt and Suzanne Foitzik of Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany will bring visitors on a tour of their long-term research site and discuss their study of the behavior of these fascinating creatures. To register, please email email@example.com $5 suggested donation; members and children free.
Volunteer Trail Clean Up Saturday, June 9; 10:00 AM *Rain date of Sunday, June 10th; 10:00 AM* Meet at Eldridge Research Center | 284 Pond Hill Road Rensselaerville, NY
Help us tidy up our trails from the winter melt! We'll also be marking and moving hazardous rocks and roots for the Rensselaerville Ramble taking place the following weekend. Be a steward: grab your nippers, a pair of gloves and your good spirit, and join us for this family-friendly and community building event
Spotlight on Science: 40 Years of Change in an Old-Growth Hemlock Stand Sunday, June 10; 1:30 PM Eldridge Research Center | 284 Pond Hill Road Rensselaerville, NY
Researcher Jim Runkle will bring visitors on a tour of his long-term hemlock research plot and discuss his findings on these magnificent evergreens. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org Suggested donation of $5; members and children under 12 free
Rensselaerville Ramble Trail Run & Walk Saturday, June 16; 9:00 AM Meet at Eldridge Research Center | 284 Pond Hill Road Rensselaerville, NY
The third annual Ramble is upon us! Join us for a joint fundraiser for the Huyck Preserve and Rensselaerville Library in this fun-for-all-ages recreational event! Choose between a 2-, 5-, or 8-mile route, or sign your little one up for the free Wood Duck Dash! This event takes runners and walkers on some of the most beautiful, underused trails at the Preserve. Sign up to participate, or join us as a volunteer! Find more information on the Ramble pagehere, or follow the event on Facebook by "liking" it here.
Birding Hike Saturday June 30, 9:30 AM Eldridge Research Center | 284 Pond Hill Road Rensselaerville, NY
Join local birder and member, Philippa Dunne, for a hike to listen to the calls of our avian friends. To register, please email email@example.com $5 suggested donation; members and children under 12 free.
Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy Hike-a-Thon Saturday, July 21; 10:00 AM Meet at Eldridge Research Center | 284 Pond Hill Road Rensselaerville, NY
Come hike the Huyck as part of MHLC's annual Hike-a-thon event! Kelly Martin, local animal rehabilitator, will lead participants on a light walk and then conclude with a close look at her rescued animals. All welcome! Head to www.mohawkhudson.org/hike-a-thon-2018 for more details.
Pot-Luck and Evening Hike at Lake Myosotis Beach Friday, July 27; 6:30 PM Lake Myostis Beach
Enjoy a relaxing evening with community members and friends with a shared meal at the lake and evening hike on the night of the full moon. We will provide beef and veggie burgers as well as s'mores for toasting. We hope you join us for this fun mid-summer event! All welcome. Please bring a dish to share.
Science Symposium & Environmental Monitoring Workshop Saturday, August 4; 1:00-4:00 PM Eldridge Research Center | 284 Pond Hill Road Rensselaerville, NY
Join us for a round-table discussion about environmental monitoring led by experts in the field.
Exploring Geology Saturday, August 25; 10:00 AM Meet at Visitor's Center | 5052 Delaware Turnpike, Rensselaerville, NY 12147
The rocks of Rensselaerville record local history from long before dinosaurs. Explore the local geology and deep-time history on a walk along the falls with Dr. Charles Ver Straeten of the New York State Museum. Semi-rugged walk; sturdy footwear required. $5 suggested donation; members and children under 12 free.
Thursday Night Lecture Series July 5, 12, & 19; August 2, 9, & 16 Pot-luck 6:30 PM | Lecture 7:00 PM Eldridge Research Center | 284 Pond Hill Road, Rensselaerville, NY 12147
July 5 - Prioritizing Invasive Species Management in the Region with Mary Beth Kolozsvary of Siena College and Jennifer Dean of NYS DEC and NY Natural Heritage Program July 12 - Remote Sensing of White Spruce Phenology with Clare Gaffey of SUNY Albany July 19 - Carrion Beetle Habitat Utilization with Carmen Greenwood of SUNY Cobleskill August 9 - Cactus-like Photosynthesis in an Aquatic Lycophyte with Jacob Suissa of Harvard University August 16 - People of the Waters That Are Never Still - A Brief History of the Mohican Nation with Charlie Burgess, RPA August 23 - Altruism, Relatedness, and Sociality: Unraveling the Evolutionary Story of the 'Hive Mind' in Bees with Meghan Barrett of Drexel University
Gather at the Research Center every Thursday night for an engaging lecture series following a communal pot-luck meal. Various presenters will bring their knowledge on an array of natural history and science topics. Please bring a dish to share or a $5 suggested donation.
Wildlife Family Hour Tuesdays at 10:30 AM: July 10, 17, 24 & 31; August 7, & 14 Eldridge Research Center | 284 Pond Hill Road, Rensselaerville, NY 12147
Make Tuesday mornings even better with nature walks, basic plant identification, and close-up encounters with wild animals! This program is run by local wildlife rehabilitator, Kelly Martin.
Family Story Time at the Lake with Rensselaerville Library Wednesday at 4:30 PM: July 11 & 25; August 15 & 29 Lake Myosotis Beach
What better way to spend a mid-week summer afternoon than to enjoy stories at the Lake!
Cover photo by Laurin Trainer
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